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The Magic Cure for Meltdowns

The Magic Cure for Meltdowns

The Magical Tip The Helped Cure Meltdowns
I want to start this by saying I am not a medical professional. This is simply something that worked for me and my child. I hope it helps!

I was mindlessly scrolling through TikTok the other day, because as a neurodivergent mom, TikTok is like crack and boy am I an addict!

Anywho, as I was scrolling through I came across a video (I’ll link it at the end here) that was discussing this magic tip to help with meltdowns and tantrums. And I have to say IT WORKS.

I’m not even kidding when I say it works, but it works FAST.

The little nerd in the picture here is my littlest – Emma and she’s just a beautiful outgoing lunatic who lacks any semblance of spacial awareness.

Last night she was eating an ice pop, you know the ones that remind you of hot summer days and come in a plastic tube? That freeze your fingers when you try to eat them? Yeah – that’s the one! Well, little Ems here was watching tv and transfixed by whatever she was watching and ended up dumping the entire contents of her frozen RED ice onto the newly vacuumed living room carpet. Daddy had just finished cleaning the house, so needless to say, he wasn’t too happy about it. Ems was scolded and sent to her room to reflect. Cue the tantrum – Like, full on snot-bubble crying meltdown.

I was in the other room as this entire thing transpired, so I go into her room and she’s just there flipping out, sitting on her bed and snot-bubble crying. Now, Emma is notorious for making herself so upset that she’ll vomit. If anyone knows me at all, I DO NOT DO VOMIT. I can’t stand the sound or witnessing the act of someone doing it. It’s so bad that my husband and kids will mimic the sound to get a rise out of me (all in good fun, but I want to murder them nonetheless). So when I tell you I walked into the pre-cursor to that kind of meltdown, a lightbulb went off in my head about this TikTok I saw a few days ago!

I sat down on the bed next to Emma, got her attention by just asking her to look at me. And I simply asked her, “What’s 1 +1” and put my fingers up for a visual cue (She’s 5 so her on demand math factoids and her relation to me really hurt her mathematical skills) She answers, “2”. “Good!” I say, and ask her another question, “What’s 2+2?”. Again she answers, “4”. I can see the light switch starting. I ask her to touch her nose, she does. I ask her to touch her chin, she does. I ask her to stick out her tongue, she does. And just like that – Meltdown over.

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She took a deep breath and I asked her, “Are you okay now?”. She nodded.

After that point we were able to have a conversation about what big feelings she was having and the root of the cause of her meltdown. She was able to verbalize that she didn’t mean to spill her ice and she was so sorry that she made a mess.

Amazing tip – Here’s my TikTok explaining my absolute asonishment!

@kristabyte #stitch with @wholeparent you sir, are a genius. Thank you a million times. #parentingtips #parentinghacks #gamermom ♬ Monsters, Inc – Gustav Lundgren & Unit
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